Ballast Point Calico Amber Ale

Ballast Point Calico Amber Ale

Rated 3.531 by BeerPals

Brewed by Ballast Point Brewing Company

San Diego, CA, United States

Style:  Amber Ale

5.5% Alcohol by Volume

45 International Bittering Units

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Inspired by traditional English ESBs, our Calico Amber Ale is as American as it could be. A rich complexity comes from four types of malt—but it’s those distinct American hops that offer a crisp bitterness and unique floral aroma. To round out our traditional-English-yet-very-American Amber Ale, we use a proprietary yeast to develop a fruity, Madeira-like richness. Try one today, and find out what a gold medal beer tastes like!

ID: 1814 Last updated 1 year ago Added to database 21 years ago

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Overall Rank2707
Overall Percentile94.6
Style Rank30 of 1258
Style Percentile97.6
Lowest Score2.7
Highest Score4.2
Average Score3.592
Weighted Score3.531
Standard Deviation0.337

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BOWDMAN 168 reviews
rated 3.6 13 years ago

Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

Not a bad brew. Nice dark copper on the pour. Small head, but nice lacing on the glass. Noticable hops, with malt sweetness to balance it out. Dry finish.

  • THOMASSOVA4 1037 reviews
    rated 3.9 7 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    I really liked this beer - quality red/American amber. This could be the new standard bearer red for me. Not a malty mess and hopped well. Really enjoyable beer - pretty color.

  • CYBERCAT 11357 reviews
    rated 3.6 8 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Comes out of the growler a clear mahogany with a fairly thick golden-buff head. Fruity, malty aroma is fairly strong and tempting. Flavor has a malty core with fruity and hoppy notes and a tinny snippet. Texture is smooth, but not too firm or fizzy. Still, a good catch.

  • AIRFORCE1 680 reviews
    rated 2.7 9 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    Pours a semi cloudy darker amber with a one finger head that takes its time. No noticalbe carbonation in the glass. Aroma is fairly straight forward, light on the hop and malts, slightly sweet. Taste is fairly dry and very light on the flavor. Slightly sweet. Very boring and bland.

  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 3.5 9 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    A murky amber colored beer with a two finger fluffy textured, off white head that rises briefly above. There's some retention on the head. A thin ringlet is finally left behind. Nose is toffee. The tasting a nice dance of caramel malt and bitter grassy hops. Effervescent. light and refreshing.

  • JERRYMORRISON 2130 reviews
    rated 3.6 9 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    Orange to amber, foamy two fingers width tall and takes some time to reduce down to one fingers width, leaving some spotty lace. A nice hop aroma upfront mixed in with some sweet malts and a little background fruit.Some hops in the taste upfront with this one consisting of mainly pine but with a good amount of bitterness blended in as well. The malts take control but the bitterness is omnipresent.Smooth to the sip with solid, mild carbonation and a sort of sticky feel to it. Not the most complex beer in the world or the strongest but a very solid performance from a good amber ale. It is pretty straightforward but does have a good balance and nice hop taste to it.

  • KINGER 2328 reviews
    rated 3.9 9 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    A truly crafted American Amber, wonderful example of what this style should be. Chestnut colored body, frothy sandy head with spots and streaks of lacing surrounding the glass. Perfectly balanced between supple malts and floral hops. A nice juicy hop bouquet with citrus & passion fruits followed by a mild nutty & caramel base. Pleasant yeastiness and well rounded. This is what I imagine when I think about the American Amber style.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 3.7 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    I can see the high ranking for this amber. The maltiness is very pleasant, with just enough hops so it's not overly sweet. Well done in-style........

  • JABAH 1780 reviews
    rated 3.3 11 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    One of those forgetable brews. Average all around. Balance is ok, a tad on the rusty side. Typical caramel malts, etc. I am thinkin that I just prefer brown ales over ambers, so naturally these styles get lower ratings from me. Glad that I sampled a single, b/c I wouldn't really want a 6-pack of this.

  • OH6GDX 8392 reviews
    rated 3.5 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Bottled@Konttori, Tampere. Amber colour, mediumsized beige creamy head. Some lace. Aroma is caramel malts, grass, toffee and some mild spicyness. Flavour is quite much the same. The spicyness is dominating though. Nice wooden and grassy aftertaste.

  • MMMMBEER 1119 reviews
    rated 3.1 11 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Reddish brown no cap. Nice bready malt aroma with not really a citrus or a pine hop but something between, the hop is perfect in the aroma it’s there without going over the top. Taste is the same nice smooth malt, with a touch of bitter hop. Bread, citrus, wood, pine, and muffins are all in hear. Good beer I like it.

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